Aretha Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father’s church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Think.” These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade. Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.